Switching Go-To Brands

Have any of you ever been fully dedicated to a makeup brand that every time you need something you just go for that product? That’s how I felt about Covergirl concealer and pressed powder. It’s always worked well for me and it’s cheap enough for me to not hesitate to buy new essentials when I’m running low. I’m fairly certain it was the first brand I ever used for concealer and pressed powder and I never questioned it. That is, until my best friend showed me her favourite go-to brand.

Rose loves Physician’s Formula, and she’s been using it for years. When my Covergirl pressed powder ran out and it was time to buy a new one, I was heading straight for the Covergirl section when out of the corner of my eye I saw a large metalic blue portion of the wall named Physician’s Formula. I asked the retail ladies if they had any experience with the brand, and they said it was very good, and almost laughed when I told them that I had been using Covergirl up until then.

I ended up buying their pressed powder and concealer, knowing that my concealer was near the tail end of it’s life, as well. I took it home and started using both every day.

The women at the counter were right, it covers everything and evens out my face, but at a price. I broke out more than I ever have before, which results in me using more of these products at a time, and more face cleansers at night. It also cost more than Covergirl. Covergirl pressed powder is $7.97, while Physician’s Formula is $18.66. I remember that the concealer didn’t have much of a price difference, however I was unable to find the exact Physician’s Formula concealer stick, but the Covergirl concealer is $6.14.

While I’m using the products, they’re nice, and they do their job, however Covergirl is just as good. I’ll be making the switch back once my current makeup runs out. And if a lady behind a counter ever laughs at you because your makeup choice is “inferior”, who cares? Everyone’s face and skin is different, and prefers different brands. I’m sure many people love Physician’s Formula, and same for Covergirl. I know Rose would never change to Covergirl, but her skin is very different from mine.

So try new things, love and hate them, and in the end you’ll know what you and your skin like best.

 

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MAC Fashion Pack

One of MAC Cosmetics latest makeup lines has been inspired by Barbie! This line came out

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By Special Order – an Amplified lipstick; meaning that it goes on creamy, has shine to it, and is highly pigmented. This is a dark pink described as reddened fuschia on their website (but has more of a bright, pink tone on). The colour is shiny and creamy, giving you the most perfect Barbie pout you could ask for. I was not expecting the colour to go on as light as it does (I was expecting more of a raspberry colour), but was delighted to find that this colour is the perfect hot pink, while also drawing attention to your lips it does not blind everyone. Retails for $21 CAD

 

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Style Matters – Studio Nail Lacquer. This nail polish is absolutely gorgeous on. It has a gel-shine to it and the green is creamy looking with hints a sparkle/shimmer. I didn’t bother putting a topcoat on with this nail polish and so far it’s barely chipped -which is significant for me because I use my hands a lot for work and nail polish usually does not last long at all. This is one of my favourite nail colours ever and I’m extremely impressed by the formula. Retails for $14 CAD

Runway Worthy – Eye Shadow x 9. This pallet is what made me decided that I needed to buy a few items from this collection. To me it just embodies Barbie.The colours from left to right going down are Runway Worthy (light nude shimmer), Paradise Island (light bubble gum pink – mostly matte with a couple of sparkles but no shimmer), Hypnotizing (light dusty rose with silver shimmer), Dress Me Up (beige/pink shimmer), Available in Petite (Hot Pink shimmer with silver sparkles). Zip Me Up (bright purple shimmer with hints of sparkles), Nice Fit (charcoal grey with hints of purple shimmer), Frock Talk (raspberry purple simmer with hints of sparkle), and Snappy Style (dark purple with hints of red and shimmer).

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Right now my favourite colours are Paradise Island, Dress Me Up, Frock Talk, and Snappy Style. Snappy Style and Frock Talk are great to use in making smoky eyes but just using a bit of colour as an ascent to make your smokey eye more dramatic -especially if you’re doing a nude smokey eye. Frock Talk is very similar to cranberry but with more purple, and Zip Me Up reminds me of MAC’s Heroine matte lipstick.  Retails for $42 CAD

 

Dreamy Velvet Foundation

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Maybelline NewYork’s new(er) Dream Velvet Foundation is one of those products that is just so cute you have to try it. I have always stayed away from buying drugstore foundations because A) my skin is very light and it’s hard for me to find an exact match and B) I have a hard time trusting drugstore brands because I don’t want to waste my money on something that is not being picked out by a beauty expert for me. However, when I saw this product on sale all bets were off and I decided to get the lightest shade (05 Warm Porcelain) and just hope for the best.

This foundation is a bit darker than my skin (sad really), it is a little noticeable so I didn’t bother contouring my face or using bronzer and I left my hair down so that no one would see the line. However, the foundation its self is really good for a drugstore brand. It’s a thicker, gel-mouse formula that provides full coverage when only using a little of the product. So if you can find your exact match than this product is perfect. I did find that it was a little caky going on by honestly as long as you know how to blend out your foundation then there is no problem with this product.

This foundation is more ideal for oily-normal skin, and is great at covering up imperfections. Because this foundation is heavier I would not recommend wearing it during the summer because it may be easily sweater off and run. This product would be best for Autumn and Winter when products are not as likely to be sweated off or feel to heavy on the face. For summer I don’t like wearing anything on my face just because my skin gets so oily (especially when it’s hot outside) and my skin tends to absorb dirt into my pours more during the summer, causing more breakouts.

I don’t know if I would buy this foundation again just because I like trying new products and I would rather get an exact match than settle for something that’s just slightly to dark for my skin. However I do like this formula so once Fall comes around I will probably use this product more. I don’t remember how much I paid for this product but it was roughly $10 CAD. which is a usual price for Maybelline foundations. Overall I would give this foundation a 3.5-4 stars. I have used better products but this is definitely the best drugstore foundation I have tried and have actually worn on my face out in public.

Through the Looking Glass

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All I have to say about this product is wow. I am utterly astonished by how beautiful it is. There is a great balance between neutral and adventurous colours, as well as matte, shimmer, and sparkle as well.

I usually prefer neutral tones for my eyes, however I’m always up to experimenting by adding just a hint of a dramatic colour occasionally so I think this pallet will help me to get comfortable not just with colour but for more dramatic eye looks.

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My favourite colours are Metamorphosis (periwinkle shimmer), Looking Glass (light pink shimmer), Salazen Grum (red/orange shimmer), and Kingdom (medium brown shimmer). Kingdom and Looking glass are pretty similar to other colours that you could get in the naked pallets while Metamorphosis and Salazen Grum are completely unique.

The brush its self is very different from the ones in the Naked pallets which I was very excited about when I found out. They’re skinnier and the blending brush is longer than the one’s in the Naked pallets. I usually just use the fatter blending brush in my Naked pallets for the majority of my eyeshadows and blending needs but I have actually been using the smaller side of this brush more than the blending side.

This pallet retails for $75 at Sephora and that is honestly such a steal when you consider that there are 20 colours which comes to $3.75 an eyeshadow. I would highly suggest buying this pallet or even considering buying it. I regret the fact that I never purchased the Alice in Wonderland one years ago, don’t make my mistake with this pallet because this pallet can very easily become iconic in years to come.

April 2016 Ipsy Glam Bag First Impression

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The bag

I love this months bag, I’ll definitely find a way to use it. It’s colourful with yellow and blue tie dye, and once I looked closely I noticed a little pink along the edges of the blue, too.

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Trust Fund Beauty That Glo Tho Face Highlighter

I love the name of this, “that glo tho”, it’s hilarious. It’s a lovely golden bronze colour, and right now all I’ve got for highlighter is my Smashbox step-by-step contour kit so it’s nice to have something that’s more than a kit.

tarte cosmetics LipSurgence Lip Creme

I got the lip creme in the colour ”
wonder”, which seems like a bright pinkish red. I’m not sure yet how I feel about the colour, but I like it more than some others I’ve received from ipsy.

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Luxie Beauty Dreamcatcher Tapered Highlighter Brush 522

This brush is really soft, just like every other Luxie brush I’ve ever felt. Also like every other Luxie brush I’ve ever seen, it’s very pretty.

Harvey Prince Organics Keravegan Hair Mask

I’m a sucker for hair products, so I was pretty excited about this. I’m assuming it’s called Keravegan because it’s got keratin and it’s organic/vegan, which if that’s true then it should be fantastic for your hair.

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Probelle Nail Lacquer

The colour I got for this is called “In or Out” and it’s a sort of pastel yet bright purple, if that’s possible. I’m not a huge fan of the colour, and the smell is really strong for my liking, but if it’s a good quality nail polish then I’ll keep the brand in mind when making future purchases.

Dream On with the April Glam Bag by Ipsy

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This months glam bag by Ipsy is stunning. This months theme is dream and the bag does embody that with its tie-dye print. It is perfect for the spring and the excitement of the summer to come. This bag holds a great amount and looks hella cute just to carry around.

This month I received:

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City Color Cosmetics Highlight Trio. The colours are gorgeous and look like they will be great for highlighting.

Crown Brush C427 Duo Fiber Blush Brush.

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Moroccan Oil treatment. I tried this several years ago and loved it so I’m super excited that I received this in my bag.

Starlooks Luxe Longwear Eye Pencil in Jet. This is similar to a kohl liner but it doesn’t need to be sharpened. I tested it out on my arm and it goes on smooth and barely smudges like other pencil liner. Would definitely recommend.

Tarte LipSurgence lip crème in Wonder. It’s a beautiful, creamy pink that is a very similar colour its packaging. It’s hydrating and comfortable to wear.

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I am very pleased with this month’s glam bag and I can’t wait to try everything out!

Let me know what you guys think of this months bag